Global Culture and Management in the Context of Sport: Study Abroad 2014


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This presentation contains detailed information about the Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace Study Abroad Program scheduled for next summer. Students can learn about how the program works, the application process, costs, financial aid, course information, and a tentative itinerary for the sites we will visit.

By going on this two week trip to Ireland and England and completing the requirements of the program, students can earn 6 hours (2 courses) of elective credits toward their degree. This program has been offered to our students for many years and continues to be one of the most popular at the University of Memphis.

Please visit the website below, which contains additional information about the program and where the application can be completed:

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  • Changed the font to make it easier to read, given the background.
  • One of the oldest programs in terms of offering students the opportunity to study abroad and experience sport from a global perspective.Pics of U of M students on previous trips!
  • Many of you aspire to work for large organizations that operate in the globalized world. This experience will give you a better appreciation of the dynamic sport and cultural differences that organizations of all types must negotiate in their operations.Many employers like to see that you have experienced international contexts and gotten out of your comfort zone. What can U.S. sport organizations learn from Irish and English approaches?
  • Some quotes from students who have gone of the trip. Never met a student who came back from this and did not talk highly of their experience or it not meeting their expectations.
  • We do not go on the trip until second half of summer in order to allow students to complete a first summer session course if they desire. We do not meet regularly as a class, but we may call meetings to better organize the group or be in touch through email. Since this is for 6 hours course credit, during the first half of the summer you will have readings, discussion boards, and other assignments to get you ready for the trip. You must read! This is all done to get you fully prepared for the trip so we can have more engaging conversations based on the literature and a more enjoyable trip!You must be willing to speak up and converse during this trip. Cannot be the quiet, silent type! You will need to quickly submit final assignments once we get back, but we will advise you to start preparing and researching for those assignments before leaving on the trip.
  • Croke Park:With a capacity for 82,300 people is the 4th largest stadium in Europe
  • English Premier League is perhaps the most prominent soccer league in the world and Chelsea (#45) and Arsenal (#10) were ranked among the 50 most valuable sport franchises in the entire world according to Forbes in 2012 ( is one of the primer sports agencies in the world not just representing athletes, but also executing major sport events and implementing sport sponsorships across the globe.
  • Also bring business and casual cloths for site visits and free time.
  • Actually participating in local sports also! Pics of rugby and Olympic Park, which we will get to see and learn more about while over there!
  • It is tuition you would pay anyway and it is in-state tuition for everyoneLeave you to book flight to find cheapest flight and allow you to experience other parts of Europe if you choose
  • Most of our students have been successful in getting the Study Abroad Scholarship, which can cover a large portion of the program package cost Again, these are tuition credit hours that you would pay for anyway. March 1 is deadline for Study Abroad Scholarship.
  • Almost in all previous years, all slots have filled up and students have had to be put on a waitlist. Don’t hesitate to get your application and deposit submitted!!! Slots will likely fill well before the Feb 1 deadline. This is one of the most popular study abroad trips at the U of M each year and we are recruiting students from all over campus and outside the U of M.
  • Global Culture and Management in the Context of Sport: Study Abroad 2014

    1. 1. The University of Memphis Study Abroad Program Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace SUMMER 2014 Ireland and England – July 14 – July 29, 2014 Earn 6 academic credits (2 courses) For Trip Webpage and Application
    2. 2. History of the Program • Has been offered since 2002 • One of the most popular at the UofM • Previously, two weeks in London • Short video from 2010
    3. 3. Why Join Us in Ireland and the UK? • Provides advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in international business, global sport business, marketing and media, popular culture, and policy with first-hand experience and an understanding of the dynamic global marketplace • Incumbent upon managers to understand the dynamics of globalization and its impact on organizations today • Graduates must demonstrate to employers their appreciation of the broader global context in which organizations operate
    4. 4. What Students Have Said… • “Without a doubt the London study abroad program was the most interesting and educational experience of my college career thus far.” • “I don‟t think God could have designed a better mix of people and especially not professors. I know that I have made some great friends from this trip. I loved every moment of the trip …. I really enjoyed the interaction and sincerity of the group. This was an amazing journey.” • “Choosing to participate in the London Sport, Commerce, & Culture in the Global Marketplace Study Abroad program was a great decision for my professional and personal life. Getting exclusive access to London's top sport organizations and executives, meeting a variety of people from all walks of life, and building skills that have given me a professional competitive edge…it is truly a „once in a lifetime experience!‟”
    5. 5. How It Works • Full Summer Session – Able to register for other courses in 1st Summer Session if desired • Course readings, discussion board participation, and other preparatory assignments before trip • 1 week in Ireland, 1 week in England – (July 14 – July 29) – Class discussion during site visits, lectures, etc. • Submission of final projects upon return
    6. 6. Course Credit (6 Hours) • Undergraduate Students – SLS 4165: Sport, Leisure & Commerce & the Global City (3 credit hours) – SLS 4175: International Perspectives on the Management of Sport & Leisure Organizations (3 credit hours) Or: – MGMT 4850: Globalization, Global Cities, and the Global Sport Industry (3 credit hours) – MGMT 4860: International Management in the Sporting Industries (3 credit hours) • Note: MGMT courses may change to BA courses with the same course number and title by time of trip • Graduate Students – SPRT 7165: Advanced Perspectives on Sport and Commerce and the Global City (3 credit hours) – SPRT 7175: Advanced Management of Sport Organizations in International Perspectives (3 credit hours)
    7. 7. Site Visits in Ireland (Tentative) • Croke Park and the Gaelic Athletic Association • The National Aquatic Center and the Irish Sports Council • Aviva Stadium • Leinster Rugby Club • Na Fianna Gaelic Sports Club
    8. 8. Site Visits in England (Tentative) • Olympic Park • Lord’s Cricket Arena • Wimbledon • Chelsea FC • The English Premier League • Octagon Sports Agency • Arsenal FC
    9. 9. Other Information • To fully experience the history and culture of both countries, there are several “free days” scheduled for touring/sightseeing – Many tours/passes are included in the program package • Be sure to pack some athletic gear as students will have the opportunity to participate in some Irish and English sports!!!
    10. 10. What‟s in the Program Package? • Bed and breakfast for 14 nights in Dublin and London • Airfare from Dublin to London • All lectures • All travel throughout Dublin and London • Admission and tours to sport-related businesses throughout both countries • Admission to two sporting events • Non-sport tours during scheduled free days
    11. 11. What‟s New This Year? • One day longer • Experience two countries instead of one • Two professors instead of one • More site visits • Non-sport tours of both countries now included • Admission to two sporting events
    12. 12. Program Leaders • Dr. Brennan Berg, Assistant Professor – Sport and Leisure Management Program in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences • Dr. Brian Janz, 1st Tennessee Professor – Management Information Systems Program in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics – Innovator in Residence in the FedEx Institute of Technology • Add’l sport and leisure management faculty member will likely join us
    13. 13. Costs of Trip • Program Package: $2,800 - $3,150 – Final cost depends on # of students who sign up • Six hours of in-state tuition at the U of M • Flight to and from Europe • Food and beverage beyond the provided morning breakfasts • Discretionary expenditures – Souvenirs, additional tours, etc.
    14. 14. Potential Financial Support • UofM Study Abroad Scholarship – Study Abroad Scholarship Website • Business students: Morgan Morton FCBE Student Travel Enrichment Scholarship • In many cases financial aid (student loans, UofM scholarships, Hope Lottery, etc.) can be used to help cover costs for study abroad – Check with your funding sources!
    15. 15. Application Process • Limited slots available • First come first served basis • $350 deposit due with application by Feb 1, 2014 • Submit application through Study Abroad Office Website: Click on “Find a Program” and search “Sport Commerce” • Receive confirmation from Dr. Berg or Dr. Janz that your application has been accepted and your space has been reserved • Another $500 due by March 1, 2014 • Remaining Program Package fee is due by April 15, 2014 • Don’t forget your passport!
    16. 16. Final Thoughts • We want this study abroad trip to be an enriching and enjoyable experience for each student! • General Interest Meeting at 4 PM on Wed 9/18 in Room 369 of the Fogelman Building • Dr. Berg: FH 206, 678-2462, • Dr. Janz: FIT 201E, 678-5526, • Website: – Click on “Find a Program” and search “Sport Commerce” • Study Abroad Director, Rebecca Laumann: 678-3651